~ Greetings and warm welcome to ~
Today is the second Sunday of Advent and we light the second purple candle on our Advent Wreath whilst we pray:
"Father in heaven, set our hearts ablaze to follow in the steps of John the Baptist. May we bring light and love to all we meet, that the darkness of sin and fear may be overcome. In Christ's name we ask this. Amen."
...and may it be so!
Today I have to share the last ornament of the three from Flora McSample's 2011 ornaments.
designed by: Lizzie Kate
stitched on 28 ct. milk chocolate
On the Friday after Thanksgiving...
while Katie was eating a leftover dinner roll, I got down all my antique Ball jars from the top of my cabinets. I always decorate to the seasons. So I try to stretch some of my Christmas decorations to also include the winter months. My Ball jars are included in the "stretch". In the spring and summer my Ball jars are empty except for my large quart jars will have white Daisies in them. In autumn the quart jars have colored leaves. Starting with Christmas and continuing to spring all of my jars become winter wonderland "snow globes". I shared these with you last year. It was time again to fill for this year and here they all are:
These jars were my Grandmother Epperson's canning jars. Some are quite old. All have the nickle tops and the fruit jars have the glass covers. All in tact and usable to this day. Having them on top of my cabinets makes for a cute display all year long and seeing them every day reminds me of my Grandma.
I fill each jar with some "snow" (I save it year to year in a 2 gallon Ziplock bag so I don't have to buy it year after year.) We fill each jar with about a cup of snow for the big guys and 1/2 cup for the fruit jars. Then we add the bottle brush trees and put the lids back on and there you go ~ instant snow globe!
EDITED TO ADD: Here is last year's blog post that has all the particulars on WHERE TO FIND the snow and trees. CLICK HERE
We arrange them all back on the top of our cabinets and they will stay up there like this until March.
Here's a corner cabinet shot so you get the idea :)
there you have Day 7!
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always! Join me!
Love in stitches,